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g innys ‘ COPYING SERVICE Copying Binding Printing Color Copying Graphics Word Processing Austin Lubbock Son Marcos .\\,1-1 and Associates 2306 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, Texas 78703 REALTOR Representing all types of properties in Austin and Central Texas Interesting & unusual property a specialty. 477-3651 ANDERSON & COMPANY! COFFEE TEA SPICES AUSTIN, TEXAS WM 512 453-1533 Send me your list. Name Street City Zip Conservatives argue that South Africa is a staunch ally in the fight against Soviet communism. Yet Conyers’s report suggests that in at least one case South Africa served as a conduit for shunting advanced U.S. high tech equipment to the Soviet Union, in contravention of U.S. policy: in November, 1983, Digital Equipment Corp. ‘s Won’t Get Fooled As a dedicated reader of the Texas Observer, I offer all praise for upholding truth in politics, a rare commodity, for thirty years. Truth will become rarer now. Ronnie Reagan, who makes his fans “feel good,” is our fanciest fabricator of utopian fantasy since Edward Bellamy. “A bit of schizophrenia, a dose of megalomania, obsessiveness, and compulsiveness fit neatly into the stereotype” \(Frank and Fritzie Manuel, Utopian Thought in the Western World, Introduction, “The Utopian Propenparadise. Everybody is well off or rich, nobody is poor, hungry, homeless, or unemployed except a few cheaters on welfare, labor unions are either suppressed or impotent, industry does no harm to the environment, Christian prayers will soon be said in all public schools, racial and gender discrimination don’t exist, with the help of hired contras we’re selling democracy in Central America, we’re protecting peace advanced VAX 11/782 computer, capable of operating a missile guidance system, was seized in Sweden en route to the Soviet Union. The U.S. originally had permitted export of the equipment to a private South African firm, believing it to be in safe hands. Research assistance by John Bakke. in the Middle East, the U.S. is “standing tall again” with billions for nuclear weapons, and with more billions for Star Wars in outer space we can negotiate from strength and scare the Russians, nobody worries about our nuclear buildup. The Soviet Union, a dystopia, is “the focus of evil in the world and the bombing will begin in five minutes” to make all creation as defined by Jerry Falwell safe for Ronny’s utopian fantasy. I wonder if he can fool most of the people all the time. Waldo F. McNeir Houston Inspiration Thanks for your weighty and thoughtprovoking 30th anniversary issue, with special appreciation for reprinting parts of Larry McMurtry’s “Ever a Bridegroom.” The issue arrived on a lazy, Sunny Saturday. I had many projects that needed attention, but I sprawled on the couch to peruse the issue. At the end of a tiring week with too little sleep, I found myself drifting helplessly off, the Observer repeatedly dropping from my hands as I struggled to stay awake. Then I ran across McMurtry’s meanspirited, misguided little diatribe against the supposed “failures” of Texas literature. What with my initial rage, followed by torrents of laughter at seeing once again the narrowness of his perception and the petulance of his tone, the adrenalin began to course once more through my veins. With sleep rendered impossible, I quickly finished the issue, vacuumed all the carpets, installed two ceiling fans, washed the car, and rearranged the furniture in the study. It* would never have happened without you and Larry. Charles Reinken Houston COMPUTER CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS Prepare NOW for your Spring Campaign Consultation / Training / Programming -4- -*–for all your Hardware /Software Needs Call or Write for details: intellectronics, inc./dale napier 403 NASA Road 1 East, Suite 116 Houston 77598 DIALOGUE 10 JANUARY 25, 1985